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Karen Castagno

The Murray Center (MC) 139
(401) 456-8866
kcastagno@ric.edu

Academic Background

Ph.D. Education
The University of Connecticut; Storrs, Connecticut

M.A. Adapted Physical Education
The University of Connecticut; Storrs, Connecticut

B.S. Health and Physical Education
Bridgewater State College; Bridgewater, Massachusetts

CAPE Certified Adapted Physical Educator
National Consortium for Physical Education and Recreation for Individuals with Disabilities
Texas Woman's University; Denton, Texas

Health Fitness Specialist - Physical Best
American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; Reston, Virginia

Courses Taught

EDP 641 Field Research Seminar - Ph.D. In Education Program
CC 101 The College Experience
PED 206 Fundamental Movement and Its Analysis
PED 243 Foundations of Movement
PED 346 Methods and Materials in Elementary Health and Physical Education
PED 390 Independent Study
Investigation of Selected Sport Skills
Investigation of Selected Adapted Physical Education Issues
PED 409 Adapted Physical Education
PED 413 Practicum in Creative Rhythms and Dance
PED 414 Practicum in Individual and Dual Activities
PED 415 Individualized Physical Education for Populations with Disabilities
PED 426 Student Teaching in Physical Education
PED 428 Student Teaching Seminar
PED 580 Assessment and Instruction in Adapted Physical Education
DANC 491 Independent Study
Investigation of Dance Methodologies for Secondary Education
PED 590 Independent Study
Standards Based Curriculum Design in Physical Education
PED 690 Independent Study
Doctoral Candidate - Pilot Study
Doctoral Candidate - Establishing Instrument Interobserver Reliability

Research Interests

  • Curriculum and Program Evaluation

  • Adapted Physical Education

  • Sport for Individuals with Disabilities

  • Technology in Education

Presentations and Publications - Partial List

Presentations

Castagno, K., Hui-Michael, Y., Kene P. (2012, October). Use of teleconferencing to engage in national and international worldviews on children, youth and education. AAC&U Diversity Conference. Baltimore, MD.

Castagno, K., Sullivan, E., Kniseley, M. (2012, July). How to Promote Chaos in a structured (or Orderly) World. AAEEBL Annual Conference. Boston, MA

Castagno K., Gracia, S. Hanley, R., Sullivan, E. (2011, March). Voices of Experience: Issues to Consider When Selecting an ePortfolio/Assessment. AAEEBL Northeast U.S. Conference. Providence, RI

Castagno, K., Eldridge, R., Gracia, S., Sullivan, E. (2011, February). One School’s Use of Data to Create Dramatic Change in Teacher Preparation. AACTE 63rd Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA

Castagno, K., Gracia, S., Sullivan, E. (2010, November) Examining the Assessment Loop to Improve Teacher Education. New England Educational Assessment – Fall Forum. Worcester, MA

Castagno, K., Lynch, A., Scraba, P. (2010, March). Strength through Partnerships: the Special Olympics University Curriculum. AAHPERD National Convention, Indianapolis, IN

Castagno, K. (2009, May). Importance of Teacher Preparation in Improving the Quality of Education. Presented via videoconference (fourth in a series with “Room to Read Sri Lanka”) on Education Reform. Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Castagno, K.S. & Davenport, F. (2007, November). Motor Activities Training Program Seminar. Special Olympics North America Conference, Boise, ID.

Ballinger, D., Castagno, K., & Dye, G. (2005, October). Teacher Perceptions and Student Attitudes toward Physical Education. Association for the Advancement of Applied Sports Psychology Annual Conference, Vancouver, BC.

Castagno, K. S., Dalton, E. M., Nesbitt, J.V., Roccio, A.M., Rowell, E. H., & Park, J. L. (2005, May). Communicating With People with Disabilities. Annual Dialogue on Diversity Symposium. Rhode Island College, Providence, RI.

Lombardo, B., Auld, R., Castagno, K. S., Nastasi, R., & Fisette, J. (2005, February). Changing Sport in America: Realities and Possibilities. American Alliance for Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance - Eastern District Association Conference, Springfield, MA.

Castagno, K. S. (2004, November). Motor Activities for Individuals with Severe Disabilities. The Thirty-Third National Conference on Physical Activity for the Exceptional Individual, Oakland, CA.

Castagno, K. S., Lynch, A., Markey, R., & Roswal, G. (2004, April) The University Curriculum Project. American Alliance of Health, Physical Education Recreation and Dance – National Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Castagno, K. S. (2004, January through March). Use of Pedometers and Heart Rate Monitors in Physical Education. Twenty daylong workshops in accordance with the Carol M. White PEP Grant.

Books and Texts

Lombardo, B., Caravella-Nadeau, T., Castagno, K. S., & Mancini, V. (Eds.). (2001). Sport in the 21st century: Alternatives for the new millennium. Boston: Pearson Publishing.

Contributing Writer. (1984). Fait, H.F. & Dunn, J. M. Special physical education: Adapted, individualized, developmental. (5th ed.). Philadelphia: Saunders College Publishing.

Articles

Castagno, K. S. (2002). Attitudes toward individuals with disabilities by college students seeking endorsement in Adapted Physical Education. [Abstract]. Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport, 73, A-102.

Auld, R.K., & Castagno, K.S. (2002). The “New” Physical Education. Physical Education Works,1, 3-4.

Castagno, K. S. (2001). Unified Sports: Breaking barriers. In Lombardo, B., Caravella-Nadeau, T., Castagno, K., & Mancini, V. (Eds.). Sport in the 21st century: Alternatives for the new millennium. Boston: Pearson Publishing.

Castagno, K.S. (2001). Special Olympics Unified Sports: Changes in male athletes during a basketball season. Adapted Physical Activity Quarterly, 18, 193-206.

Curriculum

Nazarian, J., Eldridge, R., J., Schenck, S., Castagno, K. S., Glazer J., Auld, R., Cotti, L., McDermott, J., McLaughlin, C., & Berard-Reed, K. (2007). The Digital Age: A Teachers Guide to New Technology. A curriculum guide c

Nazarian, J., Bucci, J., Wollman-Bonilla, J., Schenck, S., Castagno, K. S., Fusco, J., Cherian, F., Cotti, L., & Glazer, J. (2004). All About Us: A Teacher’s Guide to Cultural Diversity. A curriculum guide created by Rhode Island College and NBC 10.

Botthof, C., Castagno, K., Goralski, L., McCoombs, G., McLaughlin, N., Perkins-Brillat, S., Sanzi, S., Tamburini-Sciacca, L., & Tetreault, J. (2004). Handbook for Adapted Physical Education – Procedures and Resources. Warwick Public Schools, Warwick RI.

Bayuk, C., Vastis, A., Bugara, P., Castagno, K., Cohen, S., DeRita, B., Falvey, K., Fissette, J., Howard, P., Kenwood, K., Auld, R., Maymon, P., McAvoy, K., McCaffrey P., Moffitt, C., Murgo, G., Oliver, N., Santosuosso, C., Sousa, J., Timken, G., Southern, S.(2003). Rhode Island Physical Education Standards. Providence, RI: State Department of Health.

Block, M., Brylinsky, J., Castagno, K. S., Damentko, M. Krebs, P., Lynch, A., Roswal, G., Shriver, T., Verderman, R., & Yang, J. (2002). Special Olympics China University Curriculum (translated to Chinese). Washington, DC: Special Olympics International.

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